Battery Energy Storage System Procurement Begins

06 November 2020

The Territory Labor Government knows that investing in renewables delivers clean, affordable and reliable energy for Territorians, attracts new private investment and creates more local jobs.

Today, a major step has been made towards the Labor Government’s 50% Renewable Energy Target.

The two part procurement process conducted by Territory Generation begins for a new $30 million 35MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) – a ‘big battery’ - for the Darwin-Katherine grid, which will deliver cost savings of around $6 million per year. The BESS is expected to pay for itself in approximately five years.

Local businesses are invited to tender for the two-part process which comprises of:

The BESS will deliver greater system reliability and security in the Darwin-Katherine power network, as more and more Territorians turn towards renewables.   

Territory households and businesses are taking advantage of affordable solar power with roof top solar PV installations growing by an average of 45 per cent each year since 2010.

Major benefits of the BESS include:

The BESS is expected to be a large battery, capable of supplying power system services currently provided by existing gas-fired generation, and is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022.

This initiative builds on existing Labor Government initiatives, including the $8.3 million Alice Springs BESS; the $5 million Rooftop Solar in Schools program, which is tied to solar technology educational programs and the savings in energy costs are reinvested back into schools; and the successful Home and Business Battery Scheme.  

To view the Battery Energy Storage System tender visit

Quotes from Chief Minister, Michael Gunner:

“We’ve backed renewables and so have Territorians - they know renewables deliver cleaner, cheaper and secure power.

“Doing whatever it takes to save lives from coronavirus means throwing the kitchen sink at saving jobs and preparing the Territory for the rebound.

“The cutting-edge technology in our Battery Energy Storage System will reinforce the Northern Territory as the solar capital and comeback capital of Australia.

“I’m backing Territorians, solar and lower prices to get it done - we have a bright future if we all stick together.”

Quotes from Minister for Renewables and Energy, Eva Lawler:

“The BESS procurement process is a huge step forward in our plan for 50% renewables by 2030.

“We want Territorians to have access to the latest and best technology as we build a stronger and more resilient power system for Territory households and businesses.

“This initiative will help lower power bills while maintaining secure and reliable power for Territorians.”

Quotes from Territory Generation CEO, Gerhard Laubscher:

“Territory Generation’s Battery Energy Storage System aims to provide near-instantaneous response to changes in solar load, such as cloud cover.

“Reliability and stability of base load power is a critical barrier in the uptake of renewable energy across Australia, and I am pleased that we are at the forefront of tackling this issue right here in the Territory.

“We are taking a collaborative approach to project planning with a number of stakeholders across Government and industry, to ensure we are maximising value to the Territory.”




Source:  Northern Territory Government -

Date of Original:  03 November 2020

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